I totally agree with your methods of conserving your game meat.
Depending on whether your hunting during the early August/September archery season or a late antlerless elk hunts
usually held in December. Time and conditions are either against you or for you.
In any case "Our Methods" will result in quality flavorful game meat.
**Photo is of my Brother (l) and I (r). Nov 2012 at 11,550 ft on Mt. Baldy, Alpine Plateua near Gunnison, Colorado. I learned during this hunt that my brother had been diagnosis'd with prostrate cancer. He has since had surgery and is recovering well. Our hunt was successful in that we spent 3 weeks sharing past experiences and bounding as brother should.